School Board policies 505.3 Student Honors and Awards and 505.5 Graduation Requirements were changed and approved on Monday, September 25th.
The new policies will take effect starting with the class of 2021 (this year’s freshmen). Please see the summary below. Mrs. Scott will work to inform the Class of 2021 starting October 12.
There are no changes to the students honors and awards or diploma programs for the Classes of 2018, 2019, and 2020.
1) Eliminate class rank
2) Eliminate valedictorian, salutatorian and Top Ten awards at graduation
3) Eliminate the honors diploma
1) **Award students with a cumulative GPA of 4.0 or greater as “Top of the Class” at graduation.
2) Award students with a cumulative GPA of 3.75-3.99 as graduating “With High Distinction” at graduation.
3) Award students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5-3.74 as graduating “With Distinction” at graduation.
*Students who graduate having attended more than eight semesters of high school will not be eligible for these honors and awards unless at the principal’s discretion.
**When class rank is required for scholarship purposes any and all students achieving 4.0 or greater will be ranked number one.
During the month of November, Clarke teachers, students, and staff will be recognizing acts of kindness and compassion, both large and small, by presenting a feather with the kindness giver’s name on it. The feathers will be prominently displayed in our buildings to showcase and celebrate the kindness we show to one another, often without appreciation or recognition.
We are encouraging families and businesses to do the same. We will provide all of our students with one feather per week to present to someone in their lives who has shown kindness. We will also provide businesses with feathers to present to customers and employees. Showcase the feathers in a window or other public place .
A school representative will be handing out printed feathers to businesses on November 1st. If you run out, please contact Tenysa Handrock at 641-342-4221, ext. 539 and she will make sure you receive more.
Use #clarkefeather to give out virtual feathers via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and watch our social media for virtual feathers!
Thank you for participating in our Compassion Campaign. When we all join together to celebrate being kind to one another, our students, families, and community wins.
When bullying occurs, parents should contact the school immediately and join with the district in gathering information and conducting an inquiry and/or investigation to assure any bullying is stopped. Here are some resources that parents may find helpful in this effort.
Much more can be found at these links on Department of Education website. https://www.educateiowa.gov/pk-12/learner-supports/anti-bullyinganti-harassment
Three Clarke Middle School Band members were accepted into the South Central Iowa Bandmasters Association (SCIBA) Honor Bands. Each of the three honor bands has approximately 100 participants. The SCIBA Honor Band Festival will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, in the auditorium at Ankeny Centennial High School in Ankeny, Iowa. Students from 75 schools located in the south central portion of Iowa will rehearse together during the afternoon and present a concert for the public in the evening. The Red Band will perform at 6:30 PM, followed by the White Band at 7:00 PM. The Blue Band will perform at 7:30 PM. The admission fee for audience members is $3 for adults and $2 for non-participating students.
Eighth grade percussionist, Colby Feehan, son of Stacey and Ron Feehan, auditioned on snare drum, timpani, and marimba, in order to earn a prestigious place in the SCIBA Blue Band. The Blue Band is the most elite of the honor bands and is made up solely of eighth graders who audition to earn their place. For his initial audition, Colby had to memorize many percussion rudiments and perform three challenging musical selections for two judges. Colby was recalled, so he had to audition again. The second audition took place in front of four judges. This year, the Blue Band will be under the direction of Randall Standridge, a composer from Jonesboro, Arkansas. SCIBA commissioned a special piece composed by Mr. Standridge, entitled “Cha’la.” The exciting debut performance of this piece will take place at the SCIBA Honor Band Concert.
In addition, two seventh grade students were selected to represent Clarke at the SCIBA Honor Band Festival. Riley Elsbury, daughter of Mary and Miles Murphy, and Jillian and Shawn Elsbury, was chosen to play trombone in the SCIBA White Band. The White Band is composed of a combination of eighth grade students who auditioned to earn their place, as well as seventh grade students who were nominated by their band directors. The White Band will be conducted by Chris Strohmaier from Waukee High School. Molly Sickels, daughter of Gina and Aaron Sickels, was selected as a percussionist in the SCIBA Red Honor Band. The Red Band consists solely of seventh grade musicians who were nominated by their band directors. The Red Band will be conducted by Michael Albarracin from Marshalltown Middle School. All of these students have been busy preparing their music during their school band lessons for the upcoming concert with Clarke Middle School Band Director, Christie Averweg. Colby Feehan also takes private percussion lessons from Rachel McCoy, and Molly Sickels takes private piano lessons from Marlene Burgus.
Clarke Elementary has been awarded the Silver Healthier US School Challenge and received recognition at the recent Indian Walk, in which elementary students and staff walked to the square emphasizing healthy living via nutrition and exercise. The Healthier US Challenge aims to improve the health of America's children by promoting a healthier school environment. To help meet the goal, Clarke Elementary has identified and made changes to improve the quality of food served, provide students with nutrition education and promote physical education and opportunities for physical activity.
Clarke Middle and High School students achieved gains in their reading scores on the Iowa Assessments that surpassed the average gains students achieved nationally and most grades achieved gains higher than other students in the state. On average, Clarke Middle and High School students increased their National Standard Score in reading by 18.25 points versus an average 14 point increase in the state.
"We attribute the increase to a greater focus on reading and literacy in both the middle and high school," said Curriculum Director Jean Bahls. "In the middle school, students take a reading class during 7th and 8th grade and all middle school teachers incorporate a reading routine into their daily lessons. At the high school, reading classes are offered and teachers provide literacy instruction to all students three days a week during advisory."
This is available to ANY Clarke student and their family who are in need of food or clothing assistance. We also have toiletries, as well as Clarke apparel available. You or your family could be going through a tough time and we would like to help. If you are unable to come during Food Pantry hours but could use some assistance, please contact Mr. Brad Lampe or Mrs. Becky Jones-Webb at 342-6505 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Thank you to all of the individuals and businesses who have donated to the pantry, including Percussions Restaurant and Timber Ridge Market, just to name a few. If you would like to make a donation, please contact Mr. Lampe or Mrs. Jones-Webb, or bring donations on Mondays between 4 and 5 p.m.